Construction site accidents can derail a person and his or her family’s life. Fortunately, if you’ve been hurt in such an accident, you can depend on a Bronx personal injury attorney here at our firm to fight for your right to compensation. Please continue reading and reach out to our firm to learn more about these accidents and how we can assist you if you’ve been harmed in one. Here are some of the questions you may have:
How do most construction accidents happen?
Construction sites are hubs of activity. Not only are there often hundreds of men and women working on them, but there are also countless pieces of machinery, ranging from bulldozers to jackhammers, to concrete pour trucks. Unfortunately, because of this, and other reasons, construction site accidents are not all that uncommon. Some of the most frequent causes and types of construction accidents that our firm has seen in the past are as follows:
- Trench cave-ins
- Scaffold collapses
- Unsafe property conditions
- OSHA violations
- Defective machinery
- Chemical or thermal burns
What is the difference between a workers’ compensation claim and a third-party claim?
If you’ve been hurt on the job, you are most likely now seeking financial compensation to help you get back on your feet again. Fortunately, in New York, if you are a construction worker, your employer most likely has workers’ compensation insurance. Workers’ compensation is a type of no-fault insurance that is designed to compensate injured employees for their medical bills and a portion of their lost wages (regardless of who caused the accident) until they can return to work once again.
Though workers’ compensation benefits are fantastic for employees who really need them, there are times where workers’ compensation benefits aren’t enough, in which case you may wish to file a third-party claim. Essentially, in a third-party claim, our firm will sue a third party who is not your employer but who is responsible for your accident for full compensation. For example, we may sue the property owner in a premises liability claim or a defective machine designer/manufacturer in a product liability claim.
If you’ve been injured on the job, you must do your part and notify your employer and seek medical treatment immediately. You should also take pictures of the accident/cause of the accident and hire a competent Bronx personal injury attorney as soon as you can.
CONTACT OUR EXPERIENCED NEW YORK CITY FIRM
Our entire legal team is dedicated to providing the advice you need and the personalized attention you deserve. If you have been injured due to another party’s negligence, call 212-421-0300 or fill out our contact form to schedule a free consultation with a New York City personal injury lawyer. You may be entitled to financial compensation, which can help you on your road to recovery.